The Refinishing Touch Delivers Sustainable Refinishing and Laminate Replacement Project at University of Wisconsin-Stout

- Leading asset management provider breathes new life into furniture at University of Wisconsin-Stout while reducing cost, downtime and environmental impact -

MENOMONIE, Wis.--()--The Refinishing Touch, leader in on-site, sustainable refinishing, re-upholstery and remanufacturing for higher education, hospitality and government sectors, has completed a furniture refinishing project at the University of Wisconsin’s Stout campus. The project refinished over 500 assets - including built-in desks, bookcases, closets - with laminate replacement and color-changing processes that restored pieces to like-new condition.

The University of Wisconsin-Stout is the polytechnic arm of the broader University of Wisconsin (UW) system.

Wigen Hall was built in the early 1970s and its original furniture assets are still in use today. These assets have suffered typical wear-and-tear damage and fallen behind current design standards. Through the implementation of furniture asset management, the University of Wisconsin-Stout extended the life of each piece and dramatically improved the appearance of furnishings for students.

Operating within a narrow timeframe, The Refinishing Touch completed its work efficiently and returned rooms to use in just 30 days while lowering expenditure by 77.4% percent, from $658,595.35 to $149,090.76, when compared with buying new. Through waste-diversion and the use of low-VOC lacquers and sustainable materials, the project saved an estimated 268 tons of carbon emissions and the equivalent of 72 trees from landfill.

Jerry Duncanson, senior facility planner, University of Wisconsin-Stout, said: “Before researching renovation options for Wigen Hall, I was only vaguely aware of furniture refinishing, but it quickly became clear that The Refinishing Touch offered a far more comprehensive service than its competitors. The company was able to provide what we needed at a compelling price and was more organized than other providers researched. The University of Wisconsin holds a high regard for the environment, so the sustainable benefits of The Refinishing Touch’s services were of important to us. For more than 30 years we’ve taken recyclability and scalability into account when purchasing assets.. I would certainly recommend The Refinishing Touch to any institution embarking on a similar project and look forward to future projects.”

Mario Insenga, president and founder, The Refinishing Touch said: “The Refinishing Touch is committed to providing cost-effective, sustainable renovation options to colleges and universities across North America and is well-versed in operating under small windows of time for education projects. We understand the need for suitable learning environments and take pride in helping educational facilities provide these for their students. Working with the team at University of Wisconsin-Stout was a pleasure and we look forward to forging an ongoing working relationship.”

For more information on The Refinishing Touch’s work within the higher education sector, please see the infographic here.

About The Refinishing Touch
The Refinishing Touch is a world leader in on‐site environmentally safe and sustainable furniture asset management services, which include refinishing, re-upholstering and remanufacturing for more than 20,000 public and private organizations. The Refinishing Touch’s value-added items include its Touch Textiles division, selling a variety of durable and decorative fabrics; its solid surface offerings which include granite, quartz and glass; and its decorative hardware options.

Clients across government, hospitality and university sectors include: The White House, US Department of Justice, US Congress, US Department of Defense, US Military and Coast Guard, Hyatt, Marriott, Hilton, IHG and Starwood, along with top higher education institutions.

The company was founded in 1977 and is headquartered in Alpharetta, Georgia. It has administrative offices in Los Angeles, California and Toronto, Canada. The Refinishing Touch is certified as ISO 9001:2008 compliant by the International Organization for Standardization, holding certificate 588518 and has been approved to provide services in the state of California through its California Multiple Award Schedule (CMAS), number 4-13-03-0324B. The company has also been recognized by the US General Services Administration with its Evergreen Award for innovative environmentally-friendly practices.


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Jackie Fraser, 617-401-2716

Release Summary

The Refinishing Touch has completed a furniture refinishing project of more than 500 pieces at the University of Wisconsin’s Stout campus.


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Jackie Fraser, 617-401-2716